Four of the nation’s top athletes will train a select group of fifty (50) aspiring athletes at the Atlantic Track & Field Development Camp this weekend (November 17-18) at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
For the first time, recently signed Atlantic Sports Ambassadors Jereem Richards and Khalifa St. Fort will join Olympic medalists and Ambassadors Richard Thompson and Keshorn Walcott in hosting the annual camp. Participants will undergo a two-day master class, learning accurate techniques in both sprinting and field events.
Richard Thompson, current holder of the national 100m record, triple Olympic medalist and chief trainer/coach on the annual Atlantic camp, said the initiative made an important contribution to local athletic development.
“Since we started the camp in 2015 it has continued to broaden the development of the children who participate,”” Thompson said. “”Last year, Keshorn was added and we included a stronger aspect of training for field events, which would have been missing. This year, we are joined by two fast rising talents, Jereem and Khalifa. We therefore expanded it to a full weekend training camp and we know this will improve the overall experience for the children.”
Atlantic lauded the four national athletes for their willingness to support the camp and its potential to help build a new generation of track and field champions. The Atlantic Track and Field Development Camp began in 2015 as a part of the company’s commitment to youth development through sport. The top primary school athletes from seven educational districts in the annual Atlantic National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships are selected to participate.